The primary idea with a chest freezer is to… freeze food. Also referred to as Deep Freezes, most models do not go through a defrost cycle. That’s a bummer come manual defrost time but outstanding for energy savings and food preservation.
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Many people including myself have repurposed chest freezers as kegerators or “keezers”.
What does Keezer mean? Keezer = kegerator + freezer.
To do the conversion you basically add a compatible temp controller – Inkbird deals and reviews – that will allow you to operate a chest freezer at fridge temps. After that add some taps, maybe a collar, some kegs and a CO2 tank and you’re off and going!
The problem: Chest freezers are generally meant to operate at freezing temperatures, not beer serving temps. This causes issues with condensation and airflow. Left unhandled these issues can cause other problems, like sanitation issues.
Through several iterations of my own keezer, I’ve experienced all of these problems. I have a library of tips and resources that specifically apply to serving draft beer, but these are the top three when it comes to keezer conversions.
#1 Handle Condensation
Chest freezers aren’t designed to be operated at refrigerator temps. Depending on your climate this may result to excessive condensation. I had pooling water in my own keezer until I took action.
#2 Improve Airflow
Kegs and tanks sitting flush on the bottom of your keezer provide a place for condensation to (and other things) to live. Adding mats to the bottom of your kegerator improves airflow and helps to keep things dry.
# 3 Stabilize Temps & Reduce Foam
Using a cheap recirculating fans keeps things moving, evens out temperatures and helps to reduce foaming.
Bonus Tip: Consider Upgrading to DuoTight
Kegland’s DuoTight Fittings are designed to work with EVABarrier Double Wall Tubing. They offer quick, reliable connections, easy implementation, a variety of fitting options and feature amazing versatility. They’re also, generally speaking, very well priced. DuoTights are push to connect fittings and require no tubing clamps.
Chest freezers can be easily converted to kegerators. They’re generally inexpensive, reliable and energy efficient. My top three tips will help your keezer run even better.
Bonus Tip: When to NOT use a chest freezer for your kegerator conversion
If you have back troubles or trouble lifting 50+ lbs, consider a refrigerator instead of a freezer for your kegerator conversion project. Lifting full kegs of beer over a 4 foot wall, can be tough. Fridges or an upright freezer are usually just a few inches off the floor.
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